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Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences-Zoology (Started in 1982)
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DOI: 10.5958/2320-3188
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Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences-Zoology (Started in 1982)
Year : 2021, Volume & Issue : BPAS-Zoology 40A(2), JUL-DEC 2021
Page No. : 304-314, Article Type : Original Aticle
Article DOI : 10.5958/2320-3188.2021.00039.5 Article Info: Received on 21.06.2021 Accepted on 17.11.2021 Published on 15.12.2021

Influence of Satiation Feeding on the Water Quality and the Growth, Hematological Parameters, and Blood Chemistry of Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus Reared in Nutrient Film Technique Aquaponic System

Marlon S. Alejos1*, Augusto E. Serrano, Jr.1, 2, Ryan V. Fabay3, Yashier U. Jumah4, Arnel G. Nudalo5
Author’s Affiliation : 1Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines 2National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines 3College of Fisheries, Mindanao State University-Maguindanao Campus, Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Philippines 4Aquaculture Department, College of Fisheries, Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography, Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines 5College of Technology and Engineering, Cebu Technological University, San Francisco, Cebu, Philippines

Corresponding Author : Marlon S. Alejos Ph.D. in Fisheries Student, Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo, Philippines,
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One of the most significant inputs in an aquaponic system is fish feed. Here, two satiation feeding (SF) levels (60% & 50%) have been tested. It aims to determine its effect on the water quality and the growth, hematological indices, and blood chemistry of Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus reared in nutrient film technique aquaponic system (NFTAS) containing upland kangkong Ipomea reptans within 1 month period and compared it in the recirculating system (RS). Results showed that the SF levels have an insignificant effect on the water quality between the systems mainly due to the non-optimal pH level that influenced the nitrification efficiency and the inefficient uptake of nutrients by the plants in NFTAS. Consequently, the growth, hematological parameters, and blood chemistry of the fish reared in NFTAS have not improved compared with those in RS. However, the fish and the plant growth performance were better at 60% SF in both systems. Thus, 60% is suggested SF level when 200 individuals Nile tilapia O. niloticus tilapia fingerling (2.46 g, average initial weight) are reared within 31 days in a healthy and balanced NFTAS with 50 individuals upland kangkong I. reptans.


Satiation feeding, O. niloticus, performance indicators, hematological parameters, blood chemistry
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